In the next instalment of our chai making series, we will be showing you how to make a delicious café style chai latte at home with the help of your coffee machine’s milk frother.
Café Style Chai Latte At Home
Chai Latte's can be regularly found on the menu at your local cafe. Unfortunately, however, you're mostly likely to be served a powdered or syrup version, both of which are highly processed and contain a lot of sugar.
Luckily, there is a healthier alternative!
For today’s recipe, we will be showing you how to make a chai latte using our Cacao Chai blend, a natural, whole ingredient chai that's free from artificial flavours, preservatives and is sugar-free.
What is Chai?
Chai is a traditional Indian spiced tea that is brewed in milk on a stove top. It is served hot and is often sweetened with honey.
The spices that are typically used are cardamom pods, ginger, star anise, fennel and coriander seeds, cinnamon sticks and cloves.
In recent years, chai has become very popular in Western cultures and this has brought about many variations on recipes and brewing techniques.
Choose Your Chai
The first step in making a delicious cup of chai is choosing your favourite chai blend.
Here at Collombatti Naturals, we offer a variety of hand-blended, loose leaf chai teas that are perfect for everyone.
If you find yourself unable to decide on just one flavor, we invite you to try our Tea Sampler Gift Box. This box contains a sample size of each of our tea varieties and is the perfect way for you to try them all and find your favorite!
Step 1. Brew Your Chai
- Place 2 heaped teaspoons of loose leaf chai into a small teapot.
- Pour in 1/3 cup of boiling water, or enough to thoroughly cover the tea.
- Let the tea steep for at least 3 minutes, but optimally 5 minutes, as the longer you brew the better the flavour.
Step 2. Heating The Milk
Chai can be made with any type of milk, such as cow, nut, or plant-based milk.
Here we are using cow's milk, but the same goes for all milk types, the colder the milk the better the results!
There are various methods for heating milk and this is our favourite:
- With your milk of choice, fill the milk frothing jug to just below halfway. This leaves plenty of room for the milk to expand.
- Insert the steam wand into the milk, just below the surface.
- Keep the tip of the wand near the side of the jug, creating a vortex.
- Move the jug around the wand and in an up and down motion. This will incorporate air into the milk. The bubbles will be large at the start and as the milk heats you’ll see the bubbles become smaller.
- Holding your hand on the bottom of the jug, warm the milk until the jug gets too hot for your hand.
When frothing milk, you want it to spin and not scream at you😱. If it's screaming, you're getting too much air which means the milk doesn't heat evenly and you'll end up with way too much froth.
Step 3. Assemble!
By the time you’ve perfected your milk, your chai should be well steeped.
- Pour the hot milk into your teapot, using a spoon to hold the froth back.
- Replace the lid on the teapot and let it sit for 30 seconds so the milk can infuse with the chai.
- Place a tea strainer over your cup and pour in your milky chai, stir and add honey if desired (we highly recommend adding honey!).
- Top with milk froth and a shake of cinnamon if desired.
Now sit back, relax and enjoy your "real" café style Chai Latte without all the sugar and nasty additives!